Seminarian Stories

A Q&A with Deacon Jacob Stinnett

A Q&A with Deacon Jacob Stinnett

When a seminarian spent his pastoral year at his middle school, Jacob Stinnett witnessed the vibrancy of priest life and began cultivating his relationship with God and his desire to enter the seminary. “I had never considered the priesthood before that,” recalls...

Seminarian Spotlights: Jacob Stinnett

Seminarian Spotlights: Jacob Stinnett

Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone – but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians from the Columbus Diocese who are...

Seminarian Spotlights: Shane Gerrity

Seminarian Spotlights: Shane Gerrity

Seminarian Spotlights – Shane Gerrity Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone – but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians...

Seminarian Spotlights: Sam Severance

Seminarian Spotlights: Sam Severance

Seminarian Spotlights – Sam Severance Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone – but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians...

Seminarian Spotlights: David England

Seminarian Spotlights: David England

Seminarian Spotlights – David England Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone – but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians...

Seminarian Spotlights: Jake Asuncion

Seminarian Spotlights: Jake Asuncion

Seminarian Spotlights – Jake Asuncion Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone – but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians...

Seminarian Spotlights: Kevin Girardi

Seminarian Spotlights: Kevin Girardi

Seminarian Spotlights – Kevin Girardi Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone - but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians...

Seminarian Spotlights: Joey Rolwing

Seminarian Spotlights: Joey Rolwing

Seminarian Spotlights – Joey Rolwing Discernment is a journey that looks a little different for everyone - but what is true for everyone is that it begins with a single faith-filled step. Face Forward had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of the seminarians...

Getting to Know Deacon Frank Brown

Getting to Know Deacon Frank Brown

The second child of five kids, Frank Brown lived in three other states before moving to Columbus, Ohio. He attended St. Francis DeSales High School and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Finance. The majority of his employment history has been within...

Celebrating Mothers and Sons

Celebrating Mothers and Sons

In honor of Mother's Day this year, we spoke with a few of the incredible Mothers of the seminarians at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Susan Yakkel, Joan Brandimarti, and Rosalee Beal speak about their sons, Chris Yakkel, PJ Brandimarti, and Brian Beal. Susan on...

Getting to Know Deacon Chris Yakkel

Getting to Know Deacon Chris Yakkel

Chris Yakkel says that there have been signs throughout his life that the priesthood might be his future. As a young altar server watching the priest during Easter mass, he remembers thinking, “I could do that.” Then when Chris went to World Youth Day in Sydney,...

Getting to Know Deacon Kyle Tennant

Getting to Know Deacon Kyle Tennant

Kyle Tennant is a native of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, near Portsmouth, and a member of St. Monica Church in New Boston. “I grew up involved in the church and was an altar boy starting at age 7 or 8. My family would have the local priests over for dinner and I always...

Getting to Know Deacon Brian Beal

Getting to Know Deacon Brian Beal

Brian Beal grew up in Hermitage, PA and says he has admired priests since childhood. He attended Ohio Dominican, and has undergraduate and master’s degrees in theology. Brian ran two non-profits in Pennsylvania; Pro-life of Mercer County and Missionaries of Purity. “I...

Getting to Know Deacon PJ Brandimarti

Getting to Know Deacon PJ Brandimarti

PJ Brandimarti grew up in an Italian, Catholic family in Pittsburgh as a self proclaimed, “Nona’s boy.” He enjoyed being a boy scout and then made eagle scout before attending Duquesne University at 18 and applying to the seminary for the first time. “I have thought...

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website, www.seekholiness.com.  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our seekholiness.com site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.


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